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Great ideas for the weekend

Going out this weekend - our good ideas!

The editorial team at luxembourg.lu has selected six great things for you to do this weekend. On your own, with your family or with friends - take your pick.

Looking for some good ideas to make the most of your weekend? Our team have selected some fun events to try out this weekend. So, take a seat - here's our list!

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Culture

Luxembourg at the 2017 Francophonie Games

The Grand Duchy is taking part in the VIIIth Francophonie Games at Abidjan as from 21 July 2017.

Organised every 4 years, the Games bring together 80 Francophone States from around the whole world, united in favour of youth and diversity. Luxembourg has been present at all the editions of the Games since their inception - in 1989 in Morocco - and has already won 15 medals (5 silver and 10 bronze).

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Finance

The insurance sector is booming

A leap of 45.7% for Luxembourg's insurers!

In 2016 the national insurance sector had a record year, increasing its net profit after tax to €1,808 billion, a considerable rise of 45.7% compared to the previous financial year. This result far exceeds the previous record set in 2012. This strong performance can be attributed to non-life insurance and reinsurance which are both progressing at very fast rates of +53.78% and +55.91%.

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Cooperation and Humanitarian Action

Read the latest development cooperation annual report

In 2016, Luxembourg contributed 1.02% of its GNI to official development assistance.

At the end of June 2017, the Minister of Cooperation and Humanitarian Action presented the 2016 annual report. The latter provides detailed information on the use of Luxembourg official development assistance (ODA) allocations and the Fonds de la coopération au développement - FCD (Development Cooperation Fund).

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Population

The multicultural population of Luxembourg

Statec (the Luxembourg national statistics institute) has just published its study on the state of the Grand Duchy's population.

On 1st January 2017, Luxembourg had 590,667 inhabitants, 48% of whom were non-Luxembourgers. Compared to the previous year, the population increased by 11,159 people, thanks to positive net migration (arrivals – departures) of 9,446 people and a positive natural balance (births – deaths) of 2,083 people. With 48% foreign nationals of some 170 different nationalities, the Grand Duchy has the highest ratio of foreign nationals in its population of all the OECD countries.

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Great ideas for the weekend

Going out this weekend - our good ideas!

The editorial team at luxembourg.lu has selected six great things for you to do this weekend. On your own, with your family or with friends - take your pick.

Looking for some good ideas to make the most of your weekend? Our team have selected some fun events to try out this weekend. So have a seat - here's our list!

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Sports

#LetzGoCycling - Meet the 40 winners

The prizes were presented by the State Secretary Francine Closener

On 10 July 2017, the State Secretary for the Economy, Francine Closener, presented prizes to the 40 winners of the 'Let'z Go Cycling' photo competition on Place Guillaume II in Luxembourg City. Launched to celebrate the Tour de France 2017 passing through Luxembourg and to mark the opening of the tourism season on 14 April 2017, the 'Let'z Go Cycling' photo competition called on all cyclists and cycling fans to share their love of cycling, by sending in a photo of them with their bike in one of their favourite places in the Grand Duchy. Internet users were then asked to vote by liking one or several photos in the gallery published on www.letzgocycling.lu

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Companies

Luxembourg supports young ICT companies

The Digital Tech Fund makes its first investment of €1 million to support two innovative companies.

The Digital Tech Fund, a Luxembourg-based seed fund, is supporting two innovative young companies by making a €500,000 investment in each. Over 2,000 applications were received in the space of just one year, and more than 200 were seriously considered for their investment potential. In the end, two foreign companies were selected: itravel and Nektria.

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Tourism

The Grand Ducal Palace open to the public all summer

Guided tours will be taking place every day from July to September.

From 15 July to 3 September 2017, the Grand Ducal Palace will be opening its doors to the public. The palace is one of the capital's main tourist attractions, with more than 10,000 visitors each year.

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Companies

Luxembourg, a great place for startups

The Idea Foundation has recently published a report on entrepreneurship and startups in Luxembourg.

Startups are a vital driver for the development of a country's economy, the creation of new jobs and the promotion of innovation. According to a report by the Idea Foundation, the number of new companies has grown steadily in Luxembourg from 2003 to 2014.

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  • Updated 21-07-2017